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Dr APJ Abdul Kalam visits IIM Shillong

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SHILLONG, July 24: “I want to see all of you as the creative leaders to bring about the required change,” said Dr. Kalam, as he addressed the students of IIM Shillong on Thursday morning at the Institute campus.
Dr. Kalam is at the Institute for a course on the ‘Dimensions of National Development’. During his session with the students on Thursday, he talked about the challenges that our country and the world are facing at large and emphasized on the role of leadership to tackle these issues and develop possible solutions.
Dr. Kalam talked about his concept of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas) which focuses on rural development by providing opportunities through cooperative working of resource and social entrepreneurs. This would enable our country to grow by shared efforts and overcome the challenges faced by the society.

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10 cases registered against illegal coal laden trucks in WKH

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NONGSTOIN, July 24: In view of the violation against the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on rat hole mining and transportation of coal in the state of Meghalaya till announced otherwise, the police of West Khasi Hills (WKH) district in keeping with the letter and spirit of the order have apprehended ten illegal coal laden trucks and a case against the truck owners and drivers has been registered.
Police of WKH district informed that till date ten cases have been registered against the owners and drivers of trucks which had been found in violation of the order even as they ensured that the same action will be taken against others found violating the order in future.

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Behdienkhlam Festival concludes

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SHILLONG, July 24: The Behdienkhlam Festival of the Raij Tuber, one of the most colourful and the biggest festivals in the Jaintia Hills region concluded on Thursday amidst thousands of spectators from across the state and outside.
Being the biggest of its kind, the Tuber Behdienkhlam has under it over 50-60 villages. The celebration was held at the sacred place called the ‘Bear’ situated in the heart of Tuber village which is about 25 kilometers from Jowai.
The festival was also witnessed by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma besides MLAs and MDCs and top district officials.

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Saleng threatens move towards imposition of President’s Rule

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SHILLONG, July 23: Independent legislator from Gambegre, Saleng Sangma, has threatened to meet the Union Minister of State in-charge of Home, Kiren Rijiju, to demand imposition of ‘President’s Rule’ in Meghalaya.
In a letter to the Governor of Meghalaya Dr. KK Paul, Saleng sought his immediate intervention with regard to the ‘nonchalant attitude’ of the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma whom he termed as ‘absentee Chief Minister’.
‘Ever since Mukul Sangma took over as the chief minister of our state in April 2010, it has been observed that the CM’s office is one of the least functioning offices in Meghalaya courtesy the regular absence of the occupant of the high office’, stated Saleng in the letter.

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Meghalaya vies for Limca Records through plantation of trees

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SHILLONG, July 24: Meghalaya may soon figure in the Limca Book of Records if its attempt to plant 7,00,700 trees on July 30 fructifies. In an effort to bring back the serene beauty of the state and its greenery, over seven lakh trees will be planted on a single day in East Khasi Hills District during the upcoming ‘Mega Tree Plantation Festival’ organized under the Chief Minister’s Youth for Green Campaign to be held on July 30.
“The aim is to plant over 7,00,700 number of trees in a single day at multiple locations identified in all the eight rural development blocks of the district,” the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of East Khasi Hills (EKH) Sanjay Goyal informed.
According to him, the month of July is also celebrated throughout the country as ‘Van Mahotsav’ and the programme is also aimed at sensitizing the public especially the youth about the green cause.

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Codification of Garo customary law bill hits roadblock over Garo’s definition

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TURA, July 23: The first ever attempt to codify Garo Customary Laws, which was introduced by the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), hit a roadblock in the form of protests by various NGOs of the Garo Hills region on Wednesday. The Bill to codify the Garo Customary Laws – 2009 was introduced for discussion on Wednesday but put the GHADC under severe criticism on the Bill. The point of contention was the definition of people who belong to the Garo tribe.
Of the five clauses which define Garos under the new Bill, three clauses are being opposed. The clauses, which are being opposed, are (i) A person born of a Garo mother and a non-Garo father is also recognized as a Garo/A'chik provided Garo matrilineal system, kinship and other custom and traditions are followed by him. (ii) The non-Garo father may be recognized as a Garo provided he adopts any other sub-clan or ma'chong other than his wife's ma'chong and fully identifies himself with the Garos and is accepted as such by adopting ma'chong, and (iii) A person who is born of a non-Garo mother and a Garo father is recognized as a member of the Garo tribe provided he follows the Garo customs and traditions.

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44,469 Child labour in Meghalaya: DCO

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SHILLONG, July 23: The Directorate of Census Operation (DCO) under the Office of Registrar General of Census Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) report has pegged the total number of child labour in the state at 44,469.
In the 2011 census figure for workers under the 6- 14 years of age prepared by the DCO - which functions independently of the state government-  of the 44,469 , 6373 child labourers are working in Jaintia hills in the hazardous and non-hazardous profession including in the coal mines- which now has been closed because of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on rat-hole mining.

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